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A Flintshire tennis coach said he was “deeply concerned” about the future of community tennis courts in Hawarden following the latest incident of vandalism.
Just days after the courts at Gladstones Playing Field were refurbished, bike tire marks were left on the freshly painted surface and a net was ripped out.
The courts are home to the Hawarden Community Tennis Club which is run in partnership with the community council.
Tennis coach Mike Herd said it was “really disappointing and frustrating that the courts were vandalized”.
He said: “The council has spent a lot of money investing in the courts to improve them and protect them for the future.”
“Unfortunately, there are regular issues with the bikes and footballs used on the pitches causing damage to the surface and the nets.
“I am deeply concerned about the future of the courts.”
Mike says it is necessary to install a door access system with an online reservation system.
“This provides safety, ensures the courts are used for tennis and the community investment is protected for everyone.” He said.
Mike, who is a well-known tennis coach in the area and works with schools in Flintshire, said: “Tennis Wales made a proposal last year to the council regarding the installation of an access system to the door, and they would also help with all of the maintenance costs.”
“Maintenance costs are extremely high and many councils cannot afford them, leading to the demise of the courts.”
“Tennis Wales have offered to charge a small fee (as well as free access) to use the courts with all funds necessary to maintain and protect the facilities.” He said.
“I hope the council will resume negotiations with Tennis Wales to help protect the courts for the foreseeable future.” Mike added.
Deeside.com has asked Hawarden Community Council for a comment.
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